RECRUITING: OU in the hunt for Colorado DE/LB

Colorado Springs, Colo. LB/DE Lamarr Houston Jr. update.


Lamarr Houston Jr. is one of most fantastic athletes in the Big 12 Region, as he is a defensive end/linebacker type who is gifted enough athletically to also play tailback and fullback.

"I have played D-tackle, D-end, linebacker, fullback and now tailback. This year I am going to start at tailback and middle linebacker. I like to play tailback and fullback, and on defense I like to play linebacker. Those are my favorite positions, and most teams are recruiting me as a linebacker and as a fullback."

Houston lettered as a freshman, but didn't get a lot of playing time. However, he has been a starter ever since.

This past season Houston fished with 779 yards on 52 carries and 10 touchdowns. On defense, Houston played defensive tackle for the first five games and then linebacker for the last five. He finished with 99 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, six sacks and one fumble recovery. Houston can bench 350 pounds, squat 500, and he has posted a 33-inch vertical jump.

Houston starts in hoops averaging eight points and eight rebounds per game. In track, he runs the 110H/16.0 and he throws the discus (172) and the shot (45). Houston went to an Arizona State spring practice and has attended a combine in Ft. Worth.

Houston, who has been offered by 25 different schools at this point, is still considering everyone on his list.

"I don't have a favorite," said Houston. "I am still considering USC, Texas, Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Washington, Washington State, Texas A&M, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Colorado State, Nebraska, and a bunch of schools really. I am praying about this process right now, and I hope to a top five to 10 soon."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"They have a great school. They contend for the National Championship almost every year and I think they will continue to do that. I have a legitimate interest in Oklahoma. They have a good chance to be among my final five or so."

Houston has qualified.

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